The Dialogue In Adele’s ‘Hello’ Music Video Is As Heartbreaking As The Lyrics

Adele fever is still a force to be reckoned with even though only one week has officially passed since the pop star dropped her new single, “Hello.” Many are hailing Adele’s return as her bid to “save the music industry” as the powerhouse vocals and heartbreaking lyrics of “Hello” show no signs of leaving the hearts and minds of listeners worldwide.

Considering that “Hello” is the lead single and video released from Adele in three years, the excitement surrounding its launch is understandable and it has only been a matter of time until the dialogue in the background of the music video would be deciphered.


The opening dialogue is delivered sans music and it can be clearly heard. Adele arrives in the countryside and takes out her flip phone to try and make a call, but it does not seem as if the other person on the line can hear her. She delivers an ode to the Verizon wireless commercials of old as her signal drops.

“I’ve just got here, and I think I’m losing signal already. Hello? Can you hear me now? Sorry. I’m sorry, I’m — Sorry.”

Even celebrity fans have been shedding numerous tears upon listening to the Grammy winning artist’s latest song. Hearts everywhere are definitely picking up those calls and as we wait for Adele to deliver the rest of her album — which will likely sweep up awards at next year’s Grammys — we can all continue to dissect the official “Hello” music video right now.

CNN reported that the collective obsession of fans, who are wondering very vocally why Adele is using a flip phone in the music video, even prompted the director, Xavier Dolan, to respond to the criticism through an interview.

“I’m like, ‘Guys, get over it. It doesn’t matter.’ But the real explanation is that I never like filming modern phones or cars. They’re so implanted in our lives that when you see them in movies, you’re reminded you’re in reality.”

Simmering just below the surface of the “Hello” music video, Adele’s one sided conversation with her former lover — as she calls him several times — is mostly drowned out by her smoky voice, but a really good listen can unearth some things.

Her lover, identified as former 90210 star Tristan Wilds, can be seen laughing and playing and also heard having conversations and arguments with the camera showing us scenes through Adele’s perspective throughout the whole video. We can hear the conversation, while Wilds seems to be playfully running from Adele and asks her to, “Stop, stop,” before disappearing into the next room.

In their article, Bustle took the time to give listeners a glimpse into the dialogue below the surface of the new song. After her initial entry into the house, she makes her second phone call.

“Hey, it’s me. I was just calling you to say hi, because I thought you would pick up. There was something important I wanted to say. I don’t, I don’t know why I always call you like this.”

The next dialogue appears as Wilds cooks for Adele, still clad in his tie, and flashing his single-dimpled smile. The mood here is light and it is clear the love they have is still very much alive. At this point though, the chorus for “Hello” comes into play and the vocal range Adele displays is so powerful it is simply impossible to hear what the characters are saying. The same thing happens as a shirtless Tristan stands in front of the mirror and the two goof around; and again as they have dinner.


The next scene is where all the heartbreak really starts to shine through the previously happy couple. The camera comes upon Wilds sitting at the edge of a bed looking very forlorn. Before long the couple seems to be in an argument and Wilds begins yelling and throwing clothes.

“No, this ain’t right. This is your life now, right? You can’t take anything… Like this. This is exactly what — You’re forgetting about what we started.”

The final straw seems to come during the second chorus and the argument in the rain. A clearly angry and frustrated Wilds seems to be at his wits end with Adele’s character. Only three words are discernible as the video has him deliver them in slow motion.

“F***ing say something!”

The end for the couple comes after a long and torturous journey, and we are left really hoping Adele gets an answer to her “Hello.” With those deeply heartbreaking lyrics and the fight revealed through dialogue, perhaps it will take more than a phone call to fix this couple.

If you are like most Adele music lovers, undoubtedly you have heard the song and seen the video dozens of times, but another listen will surely be appreciated. Now that you know some of the dialogue from the background, you can invest even further and hope that the next single off Adele’s new album, 25, comes with some closure for this heartbroken couple.

[Photo via AdeleVEVO screen capture]